Sometimes when I’m in a neighborhood headed to some evening event, I know that I’m going to get very tired so I try and find some delicous coffee in the area. While in the Potrero Hill neighborhood recently, I stopped by Farley’s for a cappuccino. Farley’s isn’t a chain and there’s only two locations, one in San Francisco and the other in Oakland. Started before the Loma Prieta Earthquake, this coffee shop has been around for a while and pride themselves in their community. What’s great is that they also roast their own coffee!


While in Sacramento, I happened upon an incredibly random coffee place called Rosested. The entrance was in a random alleyway and it was also in the back of a thrift store/second hand store, which is neat, but, again, very random. This coffee place is very close to Bacon + Butter so while I was waiting to be seated for breakfast here, the woman who runs this coffee place came by with free samples of their coffee. She also mentioned so look for the new rose mural. Well, it was enough of a draw that I decided to try the place out, and I’m glad I did. Walking in I noticed that a very local musician was playing live music in the corner and the woman who walked around with the coffee samples was clearly mentoring a younger woman on the art of being a barista. It was actually a really neat place to visit, besides, what a clever name they have!


Second hand thrift store decoration


{berlin} german life eats

December 4, 2016

I feel like in typical American fashion, I didn’t know a lot of about German food. I knew that Germany is big on beer, bratwursts, and sauerkraut. Maybe it was these low expectations that led to me being pleasently surprised in Berlin where I thought the school was just amazing! First of all, they were so generous with their portions, but not in a ridiculous way like in the United States sometimes. The food was always delicious and refreshing, too. I especially liked the breakfasts, which often consisted of bread, cheeses, eggs, and some fresh sliced cucumbers/tomatoes. Of course this came with ample amounts of delicious butter and even more delicious coffee. I think part of the reason I thought food in Berlin was so delicious though was the fact that there is a far amount of foreign influence. For example, the donners and the various curried foods, not authentically German, but common due to the large immigrant population now present in Berlin and all over the country. All in all, eating my way through Berlin was a delicious adventure for my tongue!

Read about our other German adventures: german life, day 1german life, day 2german life, day 3stopgerman life, the wall














{sf} emanuel’s coffee

August 29, 2016

El Salvador is known for its papusas and since there’s quite a large Salvadorean population in San Francisco, there are quite a few places to get these delicious street food treats. When my sister was in town, she and I grabbed breakfast over at Emanuel Coffee, which serves up delicious papusas. I didn’t know this place was so close to where I live until we got there but I sure am glad it is! We decided to share two papusas: the Pollo y Queso (Chicken and Cheese) and Super Green (kale, spinach, zucchini, collard greens and cheese). Both were quite good, but I think the chicken one just had more flavor. For $3.00 and $3.50 each, what a delicious meal!


Giant iced coffee


While in Penang, my friend who is Malaysian and has spent a lot of time in the city of George Town brought me to a café-esque place called China House. This place is a little bit hidden though I think if you go through the other entrance it’s not as hard to find though no less confusing. We came here for a snack and found the largest assortment of cakes and pies that I’ve ever seen! There were just so many different options I could hardly make a choice! I mean, I have a hard enough time making a decision when there are 5 options let alone 50!

Cakes aren’t the only thing this place has though. China House is actually a compound consisting of three buildings linked by an open air courtyard. According to their website, it comprises 14 spaces including shops, cafes, restaurants, galleries, live museum, and a bakery. So of course they bake all those cakes and pies in house!

Read about our other Malaysian adventures: a tunnel through timetemple colorsgereja st george

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